PowerPoint Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

Students are learning to create PowerPoint (or the Apple equivalent, Keynote presentations) in early elementary school.  Here are some simple PowerPoint themes to help you and your students get started!

PowerPoints are a 'slide show' on a computer. Each slide is like a page in a book.  Students can write their ‘story’, add pictures, sound effects, and videos.

Initially, have the student create a ‘paper’ draft of his/her first PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) to plan what the presentation will look like.  Depending the student’s age or abilities, the student can write an outline for each slide or write the full text for each slide.

Class Project

The classroom teacher should walk the class through step-by-step instructions on how to create PPT slides and if desired, how to add features.  Consider creating a class PPT presentation; divide the students into groups and have each group create a slide or several slides that will be combined for the class presentation.  For younger students, the class PPT could be an alphabet book.  Each slide would be a letter in the alphabet, with a picture that is associated with the letter.  Add a fun sound clip too!  Example:  The ‘A’ slide could have a picture of an airplane, the word ‘airplane’ (or sentence about an airplane) and a sound clip of an airplane flying.  Students can draw the picture or find a picture on-line.  The teacher can demonstrate creating the first slide or two, then the student groups can create the rest of the slide deck. 

Another class project could be to create a PPT about their class.  This PPT could include a slide for each student and staff (take digital pictures of the class/staff), the classes’ schedule, class rules, etc.  This PPT can be shown to parents during Open House and each student can keep a copy of the PPT.

PPT Themes

All About Me

If the students are learning to write, for homework, ask the parents to help the student answer these questions:

  • Slide 1:  Name
  • Slide 2: My family
  • Slide 3: My pet(s)
  • Slide 4: I like to _____.
  • Slide 5: I like to eat _____.
  • Slide 6: I like the color ____.
  • Slide 7: My favorite thing about school is ____.

Students can bring in pictures, send in digital pictures or draw pictures. For students who are working on writing/story skills, the classroom teacher may determine how many slides are required and/or the minimum length of text per slide. 

Favorite Pet (Day as your pet)

  • Slide 1: Title, author, illustrator
  • Slide 2: Main characters (intro your pet)
  • Slide 3: Setting
  • Slide 4: Favorite activity #1
  • Slide 5: Favorite activity #2
  • Slide 6: Favorite activity #3
  • Slide 7: “My favorite part”

School Day 

  • Slide 1: Title, author, illustrator
  • Slide 2: Main characters (teachers, classmates)
  • Slide 3: Setting (Mrs. B’s classroom)
  • Slide 4: Favorite activity #1
  • Slide 5: Favorite activity #2
  • Slide 6: Favorite activity #3
  • Slide 7: Ending
  • Slide 8: “My favorite part”

Book Report

  • Slide 1: Title, author, illustrator
  • Slide 2: Main characters
  • Slide 3: Setting
  • Slide 4: Important event #1
  • Slide 5: Important event #2
  • Slide 6: Important event #3
  • Slide 7: “My favorite part”


Create a PPT about your student’s eye condition, IEP modifications, preferences, technology that the student uses, etc.  For ideas, see the post on Samantha: Self-Advocating Transition to Middle School Video.  A video like Samantha's can be embedded into the PPT presentation or the video content can be written and incorporated into the slide deck.  For additional Advocacy ideas, see the post on College Preparedness #3: How to Explain Accommodations.

This Advocacy PPT can be shared with the IEP team, current staff and next year’s staff (at the end/beginning of the school year)

How to create an Accessible PPT

Create a PPT to share with Teachers (or peers) about how to make an accessible PPT or Word Document.

Teacher Hints

  • Once the students have prepared their presentations, discuss how to include accessibility features, such as adding alt text to images, so that the PPT is accessible to everyone.
  • Have each student write the content (text) of each slide before adding pictures, animations, sounds, and other features.
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired Hint: Pre-teach how to create PowerPoint slides, if your student would benefit from one-on-one instruction.
  • For students who use a screen reader, be sure that pictures are named appropriately to identify the picture (vs. a random number).  Once the image is placed into the PPT, be sure to include Alt Text descriptions.
  • For information on how to create an accessible PPT, see the attached Creating Accessible PowerPoint and/or go to the post, 7 Ways to Create an Accessible PowerPoint.

Did you create a PowerPoint presentation that can be used by other students and teachers?  Please send your educational PowerPoint to technology@Perkins.org or share the PPT directly on Paths to Technology!

JAWS PowerPoint Commands

PowerPoint Shortcuts, exercise and Notes for JAWS Screen Reader by Maeve May.  This website contains the following categories:

  • Run a slideshow Presentation Shortcuts
  • Create and Edit Presentations Shortcuts
  • Work in an outline
  • Navigation Shortcuts
  • Creating a PowerPoint Presentation - an exercise using JAWS
  • Layout of PowerPoint Screen
  • Creating a new Presentation from Beginning: Practice Excercise 1
  • Bulleted Slide
  • Practice creating Bulleted Slide
  • Clipart
  • Practice creating a Text and Clipart Slide
  • Changing the appearance of Slides
  • Changing the layout of a Slide
  • Adding Animations to Slides


Collage of power point lesson


Posted by QueenAug 29, 2018

thanks for letting me know what i did not know

Posted by sophoeuthSep 10, 2018

thank you

Posted by Jeff ComerSep 28, 2018

We use power point 2016 to create graphics for our morning closed circuit TV show. My students are grade 2 to 5 and run the entire live show. We are now using the media functions to edit and cut together videos used during our I've show. I would like to find a tutorial for 2016 ppt for my students that need to get up to speed on power point. Keeping in mind these would be 2nd and 3rd traders. Thank you for ideas or leads in finding tools we could use. Jeff Comer

Posted by Zandile DlaminiNov 06, 2018

Thank you for your ideas,they are real nice for my grade 4 class

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